Ready Reference Links
The following is a list of links put together by the staff of the Reference Department. Use these resources to start your Internet Research. For additional online information, consult Tools & Research.
Arts & Entertainment
All music, music reviews, new releases, artists’ biographies.
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
The biggest most extensive movie and TV site on the web. Cross indexes performers, titles, character names, and anyone involved in production.
Calculators & Converters
How Far Is It?
this service uses data from the US Census and a supplementary list of cities around the world to find the latitude and longitude of two places, and then calculates the distance between them (as the crow flies).
Adjusts a given amount of money for inflation, according to the Consumer Price Index.
Oanda Currency Converter for 164 Currencies
multilingual currency converter for over 164 currencies and 3 metals
Time and Date
Information that is time and date related, such as yearly and monthly calendars, countdown counters and the world clock.
Features customer service reviews, database of company phone numbers that reach human customer service reps, and a weblog.
Find a Notary
Search for a Pennsylvania notary. From the Pennsylvania Association of Notaries.
How to Call Abroad: Country codes, area codes
Instructions on what country codes to use and how to call from the U.S. to another country, from another country to the U.S., or between two foreign countries. Also information on calling cellular numbers, foreign area codes and links to phone books.
Insurance expert Fletcher Wilson worked with the Reviews.com research team to collect a list of 136 auto insurance providers and then selected the 15 top companies to review based on 86 key features including customer satisfaction, market share and financial strength.
Extensive online telephone number search tool. White pages, yellow pages and reveerse lookup.
USPS (United States Postal Service)
Provides access to services, products, employment opportunities, and general agency information.
Yellow Pages, White Pages, Maps, and more - Switchboard.com
National yellow and white pages directory
The Getty vocabularies contain structured terminology for art, architecture, decorative arts and other material culture, archival materials, visual surrogates, and bibliographic materials.
MedlinePlus: Medical Dictionary
authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations
Free online dictionary, thesaurus, spanish-english and medical dictionaries, audio pronunciations, Word
of the Day.
Oxford English Dictionary
The definitive record of the English language (accessible from within the library)
Facts & Figures
CIA – World Factbook
Lists population, government, military, and economic information for nations recognized by the United States.
Kelley Blue Book
resource for new car prices, used car prices, blue book values, car reviews and used car pricing.
Use for driving directions and maps.
Statistical Abstract of the United States
The authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.
The biggest multilingual free-content, user edited encyclopedia on the Internet. Over 7 million
articles in over 200 languages, and still growing.
free stock quotes, up to date news, portfolio management resources, international market data, message boards, and mortgage rates.
News & Weather
Online edition of the newspaper's news and commentary
Pittsburgh’s daily newspaper
Breaking news on weather, sports, world, science, financial, technology, travel, national, economy, and entertainment news.
Weather forecasts for the US and the world with a fast, easy to use interface. Includes weather maps, graphics and radar images.